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Carolyn Hample

e-dition - Volume 24 Number 17

Carolyn Hample

(42 Years)

By Jo Snyder

Carolyn Hample was only 23 years old when she was hired at The University of Winnipeg in 1965. When she started here, there was no Lockhart hall or Duckworth centre; there was only one dean with one secretary!

Hample completed her PhD at the University of Manitoba. Her thesis titled "The plain devil and dissembling looks: play and counter-play in Richard III, Hamlet, and The Tempest" published in 1992 was, according to her colleagues, cutting-edge and very substantial.

And while she taught in many areas for many years, Shakespeare was her chief passion and literature  her first love.  She distinguished herself as a dedicated and well-respected, passionate professor receiving The Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989. To pronounce her name in the presence of her former students still brings a glow to their eyes, say her colleagues.

Though Hample has been away from the university over the past decade on sick leave, her good humour and capaciousness of mind has remained. "Retirement after 12 years away is like breaking up with someone you haven't spoken to in a long time," joked Hample at the Retirees' Reception.

In retirement Hample will miss teaching, however she will take great comfort in the fact she will always have Shakespeare.

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